Photo posted to Facebook series "Finding the way home." Caption read: Penn Station...listening to Good Thing (on my headphones) ...waiting to pick up rolling suitcase checked in Atlanta. (below) Scheherazade. Sophie Anderson. c. 19th Century. The New Art Gallery, Walsall UK.
THE UNTOLD STORY
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou (b. 1928), American poet
In 2003, I moved to New York City to attend graduate school in psychology at New York University. It was my time at NYU and most particularly an independent study in the final year that was a watershed for my life. The independent study focused on the connections between gender bias, narrative and the emergence of the Self. That study reshaped my identity as a woman and as an artist. It also inspired a self-narrative paradigm which I named the Scheherazade Model. Scheherazade is the famous Arabian storyteller who told stories to save not only her own life but the lives of other women. Her storytelling cycle prevented the death of countless women and, very importantly, it transformed the heart of a kingdom.
In 2006 I launched a web site, The Scheherazade Project. The goal was to have a place that I could have a voice, explore the narrative work I began at NYU and, quite simply, begin my writing life. Over that first year, I wrote about the three prongs of the Scheherazade Model: mythology of self, mythology of other and mythology of planet.
This paradigm emphasizes the elevation of feminine values. Feminine values, also known as intrinsic values, focus on the importance of community and harmony, as opposed to masculine values which center on the elevation of the individual and the mastery of the environment.